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Gay black man living with HIV addresses Democratic convention

Gay black man living with HIV addresses Democratic convention

When Atlanta’s Daniel Driffin took the stage last at the Democratic National Convention, he was the first person with HIV to address the crowd since 2004. Driffin, 30, gave “voice to the thousands of black gay and bisexual men living with HIV in America” according to a coalition of HIV activists and organizations.

Following a meeting with HIV/AIDS activists in May, Clinton promised to work with them to pick an openly positive speaker for this year’s convention. But activists say they’re still waiting for word on whether the campaign will commit to their other demands.

While the coalition is grateful to Secretary Clinton for following through on scheduling a speaker and incorporating some of the coalition’s concerns in the Democratic Platform, we are still waiting for a response from the Clinton campaign regarding specific policy requests to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, both domestically and globally,” they said in a press release.

Driffin serves as co-chair of the Task Force to End AIDS in Fulton County, Georgia and is Youth HIV Policy Advisor for the LGBT organization Georgia Equality. He is a founder of Undetectables Atlanta, a group of over 400 gay/bisexual men with HIV.

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